School district adjusts plans for virtual high school graduations

Series: Coronavirus | Story 134

Last updated 6/12/2020 at 4:21pm

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Armstrong

Kamiak senior Kaitlin O'Keefe picked up her cap and gown Tuesday, May 19, at the high school.

The Mukilteo School District has made some changes with its planned virtual ceremonies to honor high school graduates.

Assuming that Snohomish County has moved into Phase 2 of the state's reopening plans, the district has pushed back the filming of commencement speeches and student solo performances at each school to the first week of June. A video company will be collecting student-submitted photos of seniors in their caps and gowns to include in a video. A school-specific link will be sent out shortly from schools, the district reports.

For those families not able to submit photos, schools will supply senior photos from the yearbook to the video company.

The finished video will be broadcast on the district's YouTube channel on each school's commencement date.

• ACES: June 11, 7 p.m.

• Kamiak: June 12, 4 p.m.

• Mariner: June 12, 8 p.m.

The video also will be available through the district's website and social media accounts.

As a result of further consultation with the state Department of Health and Gov. Jay Inslee's office, the district has shelved plans to have graduates walk across their school's stage while having their names announced. State authorities told the district that activity would not be allowed under Phase 1.

Instead, the district plans to host a drive-thru diploma pickup day on Friday, June 19.

Graduates and their family members will be able to drive to their school to pick up their diplomas during a designated window of time. Students will remain in their vehicle until their name is called. When called, students will drive up to a designated area to pick up their diplomas in their caps and gowns.

There will be an area for students to have a professional photo taken with their diploma in-hand. Students then will re-enter their vehicles and exit the campus.

School security and limited staff will be present, respecting physical distancing guidelines.

Schools will be sending each graduating seniors specific pick-up information; the date is tentative, subject to the county being moved to Phase 2 of the reopening plan.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Armstrong

A Kamiak staff member holds up a "Congratulations Graduate" sign at Kamiak High School.


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